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Christopher D. Carusone

Partner   |   Harrisburg, Pittsburgh
Partner   |   Harrisburg, Pittsburgh

CHRISTOPHER D. CARUSONE is a Partner in the firm’s Harrisburg office, where he serves as Chair of the Government Law & Regulatory Affairs Group as well as Co-Chair of the Internal Investigations and Title IX Groups. With twenty years of experience in the public sector, Chris concentrates his practice in the areas of government law and regulatory affairs, internal investigations, energy and utilities, labor and employment law, and commercial litigation.

In his government law and regulatory affairs practice, Chris represents corporations and individuals during federal and state investigations, enforcement proceedings, and litigation. In his energy and utilities practice, Chris represents oil and natural gas producers as well as related businesses in disputes with the Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Attorney General, U.S. Justice Department, and other government agencies. As a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Group, Chris defends employers in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Finally, in his internal investigations and Title IX practice, Chris conducts internal investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct, discrimination, harassment and other acts of misconduct at institutions of higher education, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies.

Over the course of his career, Chris has tried over 50 jury trials to verdict and has represented clients in over 100 hearings before labor arbitrators and hearing officers. Chris has also argued cases in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth Courts.

Chris played an instrumental role in developing energy and transportation policy during the Corbett administration and went on to serve as liaison to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association and Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. He has served as Secretary of Legislative Affairs and Executive Deputy General Counsel in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office, Chief Deputy Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, and in-house counsel to the Pennsylvania State Police and Office of Inspector General. Chris has received numerous awards during his distinguished career, including the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence, the General Counsel’s Certificate of Excellence, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Special Achievement Award.

Associations

Experience

Government Law and Regulatory Affairs

  • Successfully represented a major health insurance company in a bid protest and lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services challenging the Department’s rejection of the company’s Medicaid proposal, successfully convincing the Department to reissue the solicitation and begin the process anew.
  • Successfully represented a company engaged in the production and distribution of bulk mulch during enforcement proceedings brought by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and Pennsylvania State Police, convincing the government to rescind an out-of-service order and restore operations to the company’s fleet of motor carriers.
  • Represented a national medical data company as local Pennsylvania counsel during an investigation being conducted by numerous state attorneys general into a data breach, assisting the company in meeting its requirements under the Pennsylvania Breach of Personal Information Notification Act.
  • Successfully represented a Pennsylvania Magisterial District Judge in the Court of Judicial Discipline against disciplinary charges filed by the Judicial Conduct Board, convincing them – for only the second time in Pennsylvania history – to place the client into the Judicial Diversion Program for first-time judicial offenders.   
  • Successfully represented a landlord during a criminal investigation conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Attorney’s Office into an alleged violation of lead paint regulations, convincing the government that prosecution was not warranted.
  • Successfully represented a construction company fined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for a violation of federal motor carrier safety regulations detected during an onsite compliance review, convincing the FMCSA to reduce the fine in exchange for an agreement to improve the company’s safety program.
  • Drafted legislation for a statewide housing association regarding the use of assistance animals and service animals in rental housing.
  • Successfully represented an endocrinologist in proceedings before the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine, convincing the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, to dismiss the complaint.   
  • Successfully represented a non-profit corporation accused of violating the conditions of an education grant program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, convincing the government to restore funding to the organization
  • Represented a corporation operating nursing homes throughout Pennsylvania in a state police investigation into a theft allegedly committed by a former employee.
  • Defended an information technology staffing company working as a subcontractor to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation accused of breach of contract, successfully convincing the court to deny a motion for a preliminary injunction that would have severely affected the company’s business.
  • Successfully represented a casino operator in an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Attorneys Office, convincing the government that the client was innocent of any criminal wrongdoing.
  • Advised the general counsel of a national laboratory regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection with regard to the parameters of the Pennsylvania Public Official and Employee Ethics Act.
  • Successfully represented a Pennsylvania executive agency as outside counsel during an investigation conducted by the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, which later declined to take legal enforcement action.
  • Successfully represented another Pennsylvania agency as outside counsel in an investigation conducted by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, convincing the District Attorney that the Department’s employees were not culpable in criminal wrongdoing.
  • Successfully represented a career gambler accused of cheating at a casino licensed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, persuading the Board to sharply reduce the amount of time the client was required to spend on the statewide casino exclusion list.
  • Represent the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) as amicus curiae in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on an issue of first impression involving the duty of health care owed to injured student athletes on both male and female intercollegiate sports teams.
  • Represent a medical marijuana dispensary in an appeal with the Department of Health, Office of Medical Marijuana, over the denial of  its application for a grower/processor permit.

Energy and Utilities

  • Represented an established petroleum industry trade organization in a lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board, which was resolved by new legislation resulting in the rescission of new proposed regulations that would have drastically increased the costs of conventional oil and natural gas well development.
  • Served as co-counsel with an environmental law firm in the representation of a pipeline company during an investigation by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), advising the client on how to avoid criminal liability.
  • Revised an internal policy for a large, regional oil and natural gas producer regarding its workplace hazard identification and incident reporting procedures required under federal regulations promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • Drafted formal comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of a petroleum industry trade organization regarding final effluent limitations guidelines and standards for oil and natural gas extraction point sources.
  • Drafted formal comments to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on behalf of a petroleum industry trade organization regarding changes to DEP’s advisory committee guidelines and policies for the development and review of its regulations.
  • Represented a national, privately-held energy exploration company required to produce documents as part of an investigation of a state employee conducted by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.
  • Participated in the successful representation of a Fortune 10 energy company during a civil investigation of energy industry practices conducted by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Consumer Protection and Antitrust Section.
  • Advised a large energy trade association on the requirements of the Pennsylvania Public Official and Employee Ethics Act enforced by the State Ethics Commission.
  • Advised three mid-sized energy trade associations in the formation of a joint non-profit corporation to address issues related to the proper disposal of wastewater produced during conventional oil and natural gas production operations.
  • As government counsel, represented the Attorney General in an argument before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a seminal environmental appeal, successfully securing reversal of an adverse decision of the Commonwealth Court and seventeen years of unfavorable precedent governing the constitutional obligation to preserve evidence.
Labor and Employment
  • Conducted an internal investigation for an international consumer packaged goods company into hiring, promotional, and disciplinary practices in order to determine whether it was discriminating against employees on the basis of age and/or race.
  • Defended a highway construction company against a complaint of racial discrimination lodged by a former employee, convincing the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to dismiss the complaint as meritless.    
  • Counseled employers on the implementation of a wide variety of workplace policies, including but not limited to policies pertaining to recruitment, hiring, promotions, talent segmentation, performance evaluation, and random drug testing.
  • Conducted internal investigations on behalf of employers into complaints of employee misconduct and discrimination on the basis of age, race and gender. Prepared and presented reports to senior management containing the results of internal investigations and recommendations for corrective action.
  • Collected data and worked closely with statistical experts in order to determine whether employer policies and procedures were having a disparate impact on employees on the basis age and race.
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Awards
  • Governor’s Office of General Counsel, Certificate of Excellence, 2011
  • Office of Attorney General, Award for Excellence, 2007
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award, 2002
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Education

Widener University School of Law, J.D.
Providence College, B.S.

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court